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ICYMI Monday | The Back to School Edition

In Case You Missed It Monday is USC Canada's weekly roundup - not that kind - of food, agriculture and policy news from here at home and around the world.

Welcome to the back to school edition of ICYMI Monday, where we serve up a selection of the news that's fit to eat, with special attention to stories related to seeds, small-scale farmers, food sovereignty and agroecology. Dig in - there will be a test afterwards (not really).

USC Canada - In case you missed it Monday - Photo: African Centre for Biodiversity - Image: a surface covered in many different types of seeds, all different colours. some seeds are corn and still on the cob, others are in bags rolled open to display their contents.

The Big Picture

Agriculture has removed 133 billion tons of carbon from the top two meters of Earth's soil over the last two centuries, says new research. | Thomson Reuters Foundation

As the potential Bayer-Monsanto merger wends its way through approval processes, this author writes that the concentration of agricultural control it would cause would have major negative consequences for farming families and communities. | The Guardian

Industrial agriculture is bringing about the mass extinction of life on Earth, according to a leading academic, Raj Patel. | Independent

Around the World

India was once home to about 100,000 varieties of rice. With the Green Revolution beginning in the 1960s, agriculture focused on just a few varieties and abandoned most others. But as parts of the country face the worst drought in a century, farmers are turning to many of these traditional grains to get by. | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Malawi's potential new seed policy is raising ire (and eyebrows) for threatening to outlaw farmers' saving and exchanging of seeds – and being written in part, by a Monsanto official. | Food Tank

More than two dozen state legislatures in the U.S. have passed "seed-preemption laws" designed to block counties and cities from adopting their own rules on the use of seeds, including bans on GMOs. | Mother Jones

Burger King has been buying animal feed produced in soy plantations carved out by the burning of tropical forests in Brazil and Bolivia, according to a new report. | The Guardian

South Africa is updating two key pieces of legislation (The Plant Improvement Act and the Plant Breeders Rights Act) – and it's not looking good for farmers' rights or farmer-saved seed. | African Centre for Biodiversity

Herbicide drift in South Dakota is devastating some farmers' crops. | Argus Leader

In Canada

The federal, provincial and territorial ministers of agriculture met last month to discuss the next Canada's Agricultural Policy Framework. And, as Food Secure Canada writes, the framework is export-oriented, with a bigger-is-better outlook. | Food Secure Canada

A new a federal not-for-profit corporation, the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition, has formed to facilitate long-term investments "aimed at improving profitability and competitiveness for western Canadian wheat farmers." | Germination

Farmer-researchers in Ontario are breeding new sweet peppers especially for their region's growing conditions. | Canadian Organic Grower

Agriculture Canada's land in the heart of Charlottetown has gone organic. | CBC


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